High (David Hallyday song)

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Single by David Hallyday
from the album True Cool
B-side "True Cool"
"Vertigo" (12")
Released November 1988
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop-rock
Length 4:05
Label Scotti Brothers
Writer(s) Lisa Catherine Cohen
David Hallyday
Producer(s) Richie Wis
David Hallyday singles chronology
"He's My Girl"
"Wanna Take My Time"
Alternative cover
UK release

"High" is a 1988 song recorded by French artist David Hallyday. It was the second of the four singles from his debut studio album True Cool. Released in November 1988, the song was a hit in France, becoming David Hallyday's first number-one single.

Song information[edit]

The song was composed by Lisa Catherine Cohen and the music composed by the singer himself. As for the rest of the album, lyrics are in English-language. The music video was shot in a church, Hallyday playing the organ, while a chorus composed of women chanted 'high' during the refrains. With this vigorous song, Hallyday presents "a musical style at the joint of Californian rock and pop".[1]

In France, the single debuted on the singles chart at #45 on November 19, 1988, climbed quickly and entered the top ten in its fourth week. It topped the chart for five consecutive weeks, then almost didn't stop to drop on the chart and totaled 15 weeks in the top ten and 23 weeks in the top 50.[2] Although it was not certified by the SNEP, the French certifier, its sales made the song the 440th best-selling single of all time in France.[3] The song was the most successful from the album True Cool and the second one in Hallyday's career, behind "Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps".

The song was also released in UK with another cover single, but failed to reach the chart.

This song was also covered by Hong Kong Cantopop singer Jacky Cheung in 1989 called "Cry".[4]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "High" — 4:05
  2. "True Cool" — 3:29
12" maxi
  1. "High" — 4:05
  2. "True Cool" — 3:29
  3. "Vertigo" — 4:08

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France Should be Gold 565,000[3]


Chart (1988) Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 1
Preceded by
"Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" by Mylène Farmer
French SNEP number-one single
January 7, 1989 - February 4, 1989 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Pour toi Arménie"
by Charles Aznavour and various artists


  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 148 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ a b "High", French Single Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved October 10, 2008)
  3. ^ a b Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved October 10, 2008)
  4. ^ Jacky Cheung - Cry